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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 15th, 2014

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John Scott scored a goal yesterday. His third goal in over 200 games.

There are several potential explanations for why John Scott, the 6-foot-8 forward playing with the San Jose Sharks, might be among the most discussed topics on social media. He could be the subject of a rant from Don Cherry, for example, or he might have drawn the ire of another team’s star winger, turning him into a lumberjack.

Either of those, frankly, would have been a more believable reason for this, on Tuesday night:

The Panthers are having serious issues getting a home crowd.

A half-hour before the Florida Panthers’ home opener, there were people waiting outside the arena to buy tickets.

A total of 11 people, to be precise.

The Panthers aren’t winning, either on the ice or at the box office in the early portion of this season. Their announced crowd of 7,311 on Monday night was not only a franchise all-time worst, smashing the previous low of 10,063, it was the smallest attendance figure for an NHL game in almost three years.

Simon Gagne has signed with the Bruins.

The Boston Bruins have signed veteran forward Simon Gagne to a one-year contract worth US$600,000.

Gagne had been practising with the Bruins after attending the team’s training camp on a tryout basis. He had a goal and an assist in five preseason games.

The 34-year-old last played in the 2012-13 season, when he split time between Los Angeles and Philadelphia and had five goals and 11 assists in 38 games.

This was a big weekend Bigras.

Chris Bigras is more the lead-by-example veteran.

Not exactly loud and boisterous in the dressing room, the 19-year-old Elmvale native has a quiet professionalism that is the perfect role model for the young Owen Sound Attack defencemen.

The only place Bigras isn't quiet is on the ice. That's where the Colorado Avalanche prospect turns into Chatty Cathy.

"You have to communicate out there because it makes it easier for everyone," Bigras said prior to recording two assists in Owen Sound's 8-2 win in Sudbury on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. "It's mostly to our guys, but once in a while you have to try and get under someone's skin.

"Communication is huge, just knowing where everyone is and what the plays are and what to expect on draws and stuff," he added. "Just with my time in Colorado, everyone talks on the ice."